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Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look, real pale yellow, smell bread and grass, taste bread and citrus feel is a sense of alcohol, and medium carbonation, good but expensive, paid 24 for a four.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't look particularly good, though nice big head...

Smell is fruity and has about 10 different scents.

Very complex flavour, apricotty and flowery. And dry, complex. In terms of it's complexity, this is one of the best. Rationally a very good beer...

Definitely very apricotty.

For me, probably the best commercially available beer in the world. I have had this in Australia, England, France, Belgium...they sell it everywhere. Respect. Best cold in my opinion

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Photo of Spike
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Two-fingers of fluffy, white head leaves mounds and plenty of lacing. Yellow gold. Poured yeast into the glass to produce a light haze. Some carbonation. Head is immense.

A ton of yeast in both nose and taste. Banana. Spices. Fabulously well balanced bitterness.

Slides down beautifully. Tingle is present from both carbonation and alcohol. For an 8.5% ABV beer there's no hint of syrup however. Dangerously drinkable.

One of my all-time favourites. So gratifying that a beer of this quality can be produced and distributed in such massive quantities. Well done the Moortgat family for keeping this business privately owened!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding ale - pours a light, slightly hazy gold. Fat fluffy head. Aroma of lemon, coriander and a melange of citrus. Taste follows suit with an addition of pepper, banana, grape and a little hay. Real nice effervescent, dry body and finish with a little alcohol warmth that mellows the palette.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased in a refrigerated state from Whole Foods, and consumed unhurriedly from a Spiegelau tulip. I have had the beer on quite a few prior occasions and have always enjoyed it, but that was before I had much experience with other beers within the category. I still like the beer but I find the taste a bit overpowering and I prefer the subtleties of La Chouffe, Delerium Tremens and La Fin Du Monde (yes I know, it's a Tripel, but what is a Tripel after all, but a Belgian Strong Pale Ale?). Would drink again but would prefer any of the 3 just mentioned.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours hazey yellow, big fluffy white head, laced glass quite well. Aroma banana, pepper, spices. Taste banana, fruity, citrus and spices. Very pleasant.

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Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep yellow, with a massive amount of white head. A slightly less than average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

S: Smells like a pilsener with some Belgian spices added

T: Pilsener flavor is dominant, with slight Belgian spices and a banana aspect as well.

F: Smooth, medium bodied, medium-light amount of carbonation.

O: A decent beer. I'd say the ratings on BA for this are a little high, but still a great beer.

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Photo of chesterrclin
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It gives you a very complicated impression when it first enters your mouth: a mixture of alcohol, malt smell and sweetness and bitterness(on the wings of your tongue yet not so much). On the end of your tongue, you sense a very harmonic taste of it, with not so much sourness, which make you wait a second before you swallow it. In your throat gives off a strong malt smell in your nose with a stronger bitterness sensed in your mouth. Very impressive.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best-by dated 02-2017 into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pale yellow with a massive foam head, great lacing.

Smell: a smoky lemon/banana that I often get from this style.

Taste: sweetness, banana-esque but more complex, leads the way, with citrus, confectioners sugar, and faint malt following.

Feel: fluffy and just a hint of dryness. Enjoyable.

Overall: a really nice beer. Solid all around. I was probably a little harsh, but I imagine this as Belgium's version of, say, Anchor Steam—a very good beer, but not a world-beater.

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Photo of Lpb1992
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: gold somewhat clear pilsner. Eternal carbonation, short perpetual foam.
smell: strong belgian yeast at first. grassy biscuit malt.
Taste: fuzzy european pilsner genius. Start with belgian yeast from aroma. Prolonged salty and alcoholic taste near the end. Biscuit malt taste long after drinking.
Feel: fuzzy, somewhat creamy due to the carbonation.

Overall: Good mix of belgian ingredients. Though not a great fan of pilsner, great choice for it's kind. European history class in my mouth.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pale clear gold like a pilsner but with huge fluffy white head, leaving lacing and a film of bubbles. A barely perceptible sediment at the base of the bottle.
Smell: Sweet floral and fruity belgian yeast aromas dominate with some mineral quality. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.
Taste: Sweet and tart fruity maltiness with spiciness and floral belgian notes throughout. Finishes with a moderate tingly herbal bitterness.
Feel: Medium-full body with very tingly active carbonation

Overall: I'm not too familiar with this style but having really enjoyed Saisons over the summer I thought this would be another belgian style to try. I came to it with pretty high expectations, and while enjoyable I can't say it lived up to whatever I was thinking... It just seems like a solid belgian ale to me. Plus, it's pretty expensive. Still, it seems to be considered the standard-bearer of the style, so it's hard to recommend against it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an antique German pilsener glass

Pale yellow, steady stream of carbonation, thick, seriously frothy head with beautiful great lacings
First pour was crystal clear. Subsequent pours were hazy.

Aroma of grassy , biscuity malts, apples, pears, grapes

Taste of sweetness, apples, pears, biscuit

Light on the tongue. Hint of alcohol, dry finish,

Very interesting. Looking at the liquid, it looks so pale, clear and unassuming. Definitely unique flavors and aromas . Great beer

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beer pours a beautiful light brown with what looks like three inches of head that lasts and lasts and lasts. The taste is smooth and clean with little to no hop bitterness and a somewhat sweet taste. Overall and outstanding readily available beer that is now on my highly recommended list.

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Photo of Loco-JoCo
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Still my favorite mass produced beer out there, I love the way you get that dry hopped essence and flavor without any bitterness or hoppiness. The slight sweetness makes it a perfect stand-alone beer but I also think it has merit as a great dinner beer. Definitely in my top 20 and as most of you have, I've enjoyed hundreds to thousands.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden color with frothy head.
Belgian yeast accompanied by apple pear aroma.
Refreshing fruit taste with nice carbonation. Pleasant dryness.
The lingering head complements the medium body.
Very nice classic

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Photo of mabermud
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Golden and corn yellow body from a distance. Straw colored body up close. Bubbly white head. Sticky and bubbly lacing.
Smell: Citrus and Belgian yeast aroma.
Taste: Clean, herbal, citrus flavors with yeasty sweetness. Banana and green grapes are also apparent. Very nice.
Feel: Medium-high carbonation. Crisp and very clean feel.

Overall - Very clean tasting, and made with love. This is the best Belgian style beer I have ever had. Maybe it is the pale ale part of the beer that I love. A masterpiece. This is impressive, and something I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of drmeto
2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-really sweet fruits hit first,lime,orange and sweet malt
-off flavors with cheap candy and dextrose energy
-Very noticeable alcohol
-low carbonation
-decnt hoppy finish

didnt impress me tbh,tasted like a beefed-up Radler

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Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden and clear, nice thick foam sticks around. Aroma is pear and grape, faint malt. Taste is yeast, malt, clean bitterness, well rounded. Dry finish. Stands up to the reputation.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe that this classic is my 558th review, but hey better late than never, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a smell of some biscuit an sweet tarts. Pours into an Apostol tulip to a very pale cloudy straw color with a massive merange-like head that recedes like molasses in January lacing like a root beer float. On the taste this brew is spritzy on the palate up front with a sweet candy and grape middle followed by a clean slightly clingy finish. A classic among classics.

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Photo of EEscobar
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: thick 2 to 3 inch white head. Cloudy champagne color. Lots of carbonation.
Smell: apples and pears..oh my
Taste: apple pears and bread
Overall: this is a perfect example for this style. This beer is so well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This one looks exceptional overall! This has a 3 to 4 finger thick head that is super puffy and cloud like, before eventually settling into a thick, very dense film over the beer! Lacing is simply perfect to be honest, with clumps of thick bubbles clinging to the side of my tulip glass. Carbonation looks to be fine and very lethargic in this relatively clear, super golden colored Belgian Ale!

S- There is a fruity nature about this in the aroma profile that lingers into the apple, pear and banana smells....on top of this, there is a very genuine yeasty biscuit smell that reminds me of fresh bread dough that hasn't been baked yet. Mild peppery spice notes round out the finish....a very well rounded aroma profile that goes between sweet and savory....quite nice and pleasantly unique for a golden Ale in my tastings to date!

T- The flavors are simply superb, following the aromas closely. The fruitiness of the brew really shines, and in particular the pear/apple flavors become much more prominent. The yeasty bread notes also shine through and follows through straight to the finish, which becomes just slightly dry and spiced.....clean on the palate.

M/O- Well I'd never know that this was 8.5% beer...simply delicious! The creamy nature of the carbonation and medium body make this almost dessert like and this needs nothing to accompany it. This sets the bar for golden ales in my opinion and is so highly drinkable....I'm afraid of how quickly this would catch up to one during a session. Highest regards and a full recommendation!

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Photo of kculrich
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden, like ginger ale, with a huge sloppy white head which slowly subsides leaving heavy lacing. Smells of yeast, straw and fruit. Taste follows the nose, malty with... oh, wow, BIG fruit, slightly peppery and sweet-and-sour. F: heavy carbonation but full-bodied at the same time... a real mouthful-o-beer. O: Excellent! I'll be back for more!

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really interesting beer. It has a little sourness but has a strange almost apple like taste. It drinks almost like New Glarus apple ale. I liked it, but was thrown off by that flavor profile in a Belgian beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before March, 2017, poured into a Duvel Arne Quinze Arist Series glass.

The beer pours a nice golden color, nice clarity with a large stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a huge, foamy, thick, white head sits, about 3 or 4 fingers high with great retention and lace. The aroma is wonderful, yeasty, lightly fruity, peppery, assertive cereal grains with just a light banana character. The flavors match well, fruity esters coming from that signature yeast character, light banana, pale grains have a touch of breadiness to them with a nice peppercorn zing, mild noble hop bitterness and just a touch of clove. The mouthfeel is nice, very lively, moderate to high carbonation, coats decently well, medium body that is lightly dry at the finish.

Verdict: Definitely a benchmark for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, nice complexity, balance and it definitely drinks easier than the 8.5% ABV, very refreshing. This is definitely earned it's keep as one of the finest Belgian Ales around, a true classic.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl. oz. Bottle
"Best Before" February 2017 (Printed on the label)
Reviewed on August 6th, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a pale yellow body. Cloudy and bubbly. A towering bright white head formed and slowly collapsed, leaving plenty of frothy lace behind.

Bright notes of apple and pear were followed by thicker notes of banana. A spicy layer of yeast served as a backbone for this brew.

Sweet notes of apple and pear instantly collided with sharp notes of hops. Sweeter notes prevailed, almost taking a juicy turn. Clean notes of alcohol flared up, finishing semi/dry. Peppery notes from the yeast lingered in the finish. Incredibly crisp. Medium-bodied. High carbonation.

One of the best beers I have had the privilege of drinking. One of my highest recommendations.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.